Michael Allen Wonderly, 58, died on Feb. 23, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. following a brief illness.
He was born May 25, 1952 in Ridgway, the son of Neil and Marcella Stegar Wonderly.
He was the fifth of seven children, the only son, and man of the house from age 17. He was doted on in a house of seven women. Through high school, he worked for Charlie Steger Senior as a mason.
He served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa, Japan from 1972 to 1974. He enjoyed renovating his Laurel Mill Road home, hunting, camping, canoeing, jeep rides and “supervising” in general, and quite often doing all of these things in the same weekend.
For 10 years, Mike had his own excavating company. He had currently worked for Chris “Fuzzy” Amacher and even on his days off could be found helping friends with his backhoe. Through his life, Mike collected many friends across the country, but he was biggest buddy to his five “favorite” children.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan; three daughters, Jennifer, Amy Aharrah (Steve), and Rebecca; two sons, Neil (Ashley) and Timothy (Jessica); seven grandsons, Brandon, Justin, Xavier, Zane, Logan, Cole, and Eli; a granddaughter, Mackenzie; his mother, Marcella; and by six sisters, Peggy Nearing (Francis), Marion Nelson (Bill), Sharon Arch (Tom), Pat Fest, Beth Constable (Neal) and Lois Acosta (Ben).
He was predeceased by his father and a daughter, Sherry.
A funeral service for Michael Allen Wonderly will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Chrisitan and Missionary Alliance Church on Bootjack Road. Officiating will be the Rev. Ronald Burkett, pastor of the Hallton Church. Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hallton Church, 233 Spruce St., Ridgway.